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a room without a view

I thought it'd happen sooner or later. In the end, it happened somewhere in between. Kind of 'on time'.

Allow me to introduce one of Osaka's first windowless hotels.

Windowless offices hit the city skyline over two years ago in order to prevent workers being distracted while performing important duties such as shuffling papers and coughing lightly.

But now hotels are following suit. The move is in direct response to complaints from guests regarding the grim concrete-laden view from their windows.

Owner of Namba's Hook the Manx Hotel said: "Guests on their second visit to the city were asking for a room without a view. They said they would prefer a wall." A month later Hook the Manx Hotel had successfully eliminated all windows, pleasing guests from all over the world.

Since then, other hotels have gone the same way, including Umeda's Station Hotel....

However, it seems that some hotels have got slightly the wrong idea....

The proprietor of this hotel made the mistake of bricking up the door as well. This has resulted in a drastic reduction in the number of guests staying at the establishment. The proprietor is thought to still be inside.
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On Monday, 15 September, 2008, Blogger Angelo said:

This is way too creepy! Crazy country!  

On Monday, 15 September, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sniper's nightmare !!!

"Sorry control, no target in sight!"  

On Monday, 15 September, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

There are already no lounges or places for more than two people to stand up in at the same time in many companies ... how much more broken do they want their employees to be?  

On Monday, 15 September, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Far more. I hear some companies have resorted to blindfolding their employees when they go for a crap, stopping distraction caused by those shiny, shiny mirrors.

Wouldn't be too bad ordinarily; shame they had to blindfold the janitor as well though.  

On Tuesday, 16 September, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:


On Wednesday, 17 September, 2008, Blogger Vincent said:

serious sam! is there really such a hotel in osaka? will be interested to check it out. else it is really damn funny.  

On Friday, 19 September, 2008, Blogger Brian S said:

Interesting entries, stumbled across your blog. Osaka interests me because I've some family members there whom I've yet to visit.

I will use this blog to get a feeling what I would be getting myself into when and if I go there.

Thanks for the entertainment.  

On Tuesday, 23 September, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh u r hilarious ! Keep up the good work :-D  

On Monday, 29 September, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Laugh-out-loud hilarious.

"The proprietor is thought to still be inside" reminded me of the excellent "Missing, presumed fed" line from Hitchhiker's. Or was it Restaurant? Anyway, hilarious.  

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